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2016 Grignolino, San Silvestro

2016 Grignolino, San Silvestro
ref. SANS161 MAR19

Wine Variety: Grignolino has been around in the Asti/Monferrato region for a very long time, the first mention in text coming in the mid-thirteenth century, but it used to be very much more popular than it is today. Long known as Berbesino, the name Grignolino is thought to come from the local name for pips - grignole - of which this variety has an unusually high number. The grapes are very pale in colour.

Wine Region: Piedmont is in the north west of Italy lying, as the name suggests, at the foot of the Alps; it was part of the Kingdom of Savoy. The greatest red wines of Italy - Barolo, Barbaresco and other Nebbiolo-based liquids - all come from here. The food of Piedmont can be very good, although locals have a curious reverence for Russian salad...

Wine Producer: The winery of San Silvestro has been governed by the Sartirano family for four generations and specialises in indigenous Piemontese varieties. They are based in Novello, from where Nascetta comes. In addition to 7 hectares of their own vineyards they also have contracts with local grape growers with whom they work closely to control the quality of the fruit they buy. 

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Style
Style:
not specified
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
not specified
  Producer
Producer:
San Silvestro
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
17°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2021
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Piedmont
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • BBQ
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Really pale in colour: almost rosé in its tomato/cherry paleness. The nose is all about light, domestic, red fruit aromas i.e. entirely true to this varietal. There’s a sweet, lightly nutty aspect to part of the aroma, almost a touch rooty. And the palate is a properly airy thing. There’s something saline within the structure, adding to the sensation of freshness. Acidity is firm and juicy; tannin is firm and juicy and abundant. Holy catflap, I like this wine. It’s an antidote to bigness. With fatty food it would be ideal: very plainly cooked meat. It’s a long wine and the tannin takes on an almond character. If you can be bothered (and you should, as it’s completely worth it), breast of lamb Ste Menehould would dovetail superbly.

#3wordtastingnote: red fruit, structured, airy

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